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Senior Menu

New Milford Searches For "Centennial Idol"
Needs Assessment Participants Sought
Professor To Discuss Groundwater Issues
EMTC Announces Summer/Fall Plans

Annual Fishing Derby Scheduled
LCCC Announces Fall Registration
New Milford Has Much To Celebrate


July 23

PIZZA NIGHT, Thurs., July 23, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thurs., July 23, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

July 23-24

AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE, July 23 and 24, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Turnpike Terrace Senior Center. For info call 570-727-3346.

July 23-26

SOUTH PACIFIC, July 23-25, 8:00 p.m. & July 26, 3:00 p.m. at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. For info call 570-283-2195.

July 24

DINNER, Fri., July 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

EDCAMP FINAL PERFORMANCE, Fri., July 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge High School Theater. Free.

July 24-25

CHAUTAUQUA 2009, July 24 and 25, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Clifford Twp. Firemen’s Picnic fairgrounds. Parking fee.

July 24-25

CHAUTAUQUA 2009, Fri. and Sat., July 24 and 25, 5:00 p.m. at the Clifford Firemen’s Picnic.

July 25

ANNUAL PIE SALE, Sat., July 25, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Colonial Brick Motel, benefit of Gill Chapter #12, Order of the Eastern Star.

BAZAAR & BAKE SALE, July 25, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Shehawken U.M. Church.

BROOKLYN DAYS, Sat., July 25, 9:00 a.m. Brooklyn Historical Society meeting, 2:00 p.m. in Municipal Building.

ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Sat., July 25, 5:00 p.m. at Thompson U.M Church. All welcome.

July 25-26

APPLESEED SHOOT marksmanship clinic, July 25 & 26 at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod and Gun Club. For more info visit

July 26

BREAKFAST, Sun., July 26, 8:00-11:00 a.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

BROOKLYN SCHOOL REUNION MEETING, Sun., July 26, 1:00 p.m. in Municipal Building.

July 27-31

PIONEERS & PRAIRIE DOGS Vacation Bible School, July 27-31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Susquehanna. Ages 4 through 6th grade.

July 28

WING NIGHT, Tues., July 28, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

July 29

RUEBEN SANDWICHES, Wed., July 29, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

July 30

LAWN SUPPER, Thurs., July 30, 5:00 p.m. at Starrucca Baptist Social Rooms. Donation plus item for food pantry. All welcome.

July 31

DINNER, Fri., July 31, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

July 31 - August 2

“GYPSY” presented by EMTC, Fri., July 31 & Sat., August 1, 7:00 p.m. and Sun., August 2, 3:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge High School Theater. Fee.

August 1

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Sat,. August 1, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at East Ararat U.M. Church.

JOHN POTTER BENEFIT, Sat., August 1, 4:00-9:00 p.m. at the Hop Bottom Fire Hall.

August 2

MUSIC IN THE PARK, Sun., August 2, 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. behind Clifford Fireman’s Fairgrounds. Rain or shine. Bring chairs and blankets.

HAWAIIAN PIG ROAST, August 2, 1:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 357, Hallstead. Tickets available at the club.

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Senior Center Menu July 20 - 24

Monday, July 20: baked chicken, sweet potatoes, green beans, ww bread, banana.

Tuesday, July 21: deviled ham, pasta salad, rye bread, oatmeal raisin cookie.

Wednesday, July 22: beef bbq, mac & cheese, pickled cabbage, Kaiser roll, pears.

Thursday, July 23: chicken cacciatore, spinach salad, white rice, ww bread, fruit cocktail.

Friday, July 24: beef & cabbage casserole, whipped potatoes, carrot coins, grain bread, molasses cookie.

Senior Center Menu July 27 - 31

Monday, July 27: picnic burger, roasted potatoes, vegetable soup, wheat bun, sliced peaches.

Tuesday, July 28: sausage & peppers, pierogies, pickled beets, roll, angel food cake w/mixed berries.

Wednesday, July 29: Swedish meatballs w/gravy, green beans, noodles, grain bread, fruit pie.

Thursday, July 30: boneless pork loin w/gravy, sweet potatoes, vegetable medley, rye bread, tropical fruit.

Friday, July 31: Salisbury steak w/gravy, oven potatoes, mixed vegetables, dinner roll, orange juice, applesauce cake.

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New Milford Searches For "Centennial Idol"

It's a known fact that Blue Ridge School District has many talented residents. Now the New Milford Centennial Celebration wants to crown a "Centennial Idol" winner from that wealth of talent. The contest will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, August 8, at the New Milford Town Park gazebo, and is open to all Blue Ridge School District students and residents. It's one more part of the anniversary celebrations of New Milford Township's 200th and New Milford Boro's 150th birthdays on August 7, 8 and 9.

There will be three age categories - Elementary/middle school age, high school age and adult. Individuals or groups are welcome to show off their stuff, and a winner in each category will be chosen by a panel of judges made up of former or current members of the Blue Ridge music department. Applications are available at Stone's Hardware, Armetta's, Green Gables, New Milford Market, PennStar Bank, the post offices in New Milford, Hallstead and Great Bend, Peoples National Bank, Rob's Market, Tedischi's and NASCAR Collectibles in the Hallstead Plaza. A sound system with one microphone and a CD/tape player will be provided - all other equipment must be provided by the contestant.

John Manchester, who's coordinating the effort, says applications are beginning to come in, and many more are anticipated. The competition heats up as the field of entries grows. Deadline for entries is Saturday, July 25 - a performance schedule will be sent out on July 27. You can also obtain an applications by calling (570) 879-4937, or emailing Applications may be mailed to PO Box 599, Hallstead, PA 18827.

That's all you need to showcase your special talent, either solo or as a group effort. Grab an application at one of the above businesses or call/email John Manchester.

The New Milford Centennial celebration is being made possible with the help of many local businesses. PennStar Bank and Peoples National Bank are major supporters of this opportunity for the New Milford Community to reflect on and celebrate its history, as well as make memories to last for years to come. For more information on the celebration, or to become part of the celebration support, visit

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Needs Assessment Participants Sought

Susquehanna County Commissioners are seeking focus group participants to assist in evaluating greenway and recreation services within Susquehanna County. The focus group results will be used by the Commission to develop a master plan for its open space/greenways and outdoor recreation facilities. Focus groups are taking place at various times (Thursday, July 23) with a public meeting on the evening of July 23 at 6 p.m. in the Lower Conference Room of the County Office Building, 31 Public Ave., Montrose. Participants needed include residents, partner agency/organization representatives, business community representatives, and users of facilities and services.

The focus group participants will be asked to measure the extent to which the Susquehanna County trails, recreation faculties and open space meet the needs of the region. Participants will also be asked to measure the community’s perception of needs for future facilities, amenities and services.

Norris Design, an independent, nationally known park and recreation consulting firm, assisting in the needs assessment, will conduct the focus groups. For more information, contact the Susquehanna County Planning department at 278-4600 x 290.

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Professor To Discuss Groundwater Issues

The South Branch Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Coalition will hold a free public presentation on natural gas development and associated geological and groundwater issues at Keystone College at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3 at Capwell Science Hall Room 214.

The guest presenter will be Professor Robert Cook, Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Keystone College. Prof. Cook holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Bryn Mawr College. With a specialization in hydrogeology, he has extensive knowledge and research experience on groundwater in our region.

The potential for impacts to groundwater has become a top public concern as natural gas drilling moves forward in northeastern Pennsylvania. Extracting gas from the Marcellus Shale requires drilling through thousands of feet of geological formations, including layers that supply our drinking water. Residents of our area, who have always taken a safe and reliable supply of drinking water for granted, are now feeling the need to protect their water wells from unintended consequences of gas development.

The South Branch Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Coalition is organizing this event in order to spur discussion and understanding of this tremendously important issue. A question and answer session and open discussion will follow the presentation.

The South Branch Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Coalition will hold its monthly meeting at 6:15 p.m., immediately before the presentation. The public is welcome to attend. The Coalition is a grassroots organization committed to maintaining the health of the South Branch Tunkhannock Creek watershed through raising community awareness and water quality monitoring. For more information about this event or about the Coalition, please call 945-6995 or email

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EMTC Announces Summer/Fall Plans

EMTC will present “EdCamp, The Final Performance,” on Friday July 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the theater at Blue Ridge High School in New Milford. Admission is free. Ed Camp is an annual week long day camp for area 5th through 12th graders, who present a variety show for the public to showcase the areas of theatre that they have studied throughout the week. “It’s an ambitious effort. It always amazes me what can be accomplished in only a week,” says Camp Director Bob DeLuca. This is the ninth year that EMTC has conducted the Ed Lonzinski Middle and High School Theatre Camp (EdCamp), in memory of Ed Lonzinski, a graduate of Blue Ridge High School. EdCamp is supported by funding from the PA Council On The Arts and The United Way of Susquehanna County.

One week later, also in the theater at Blue Ridge High School in New Milford, EMTC will present “Gypsy.” Rose is the consummate stage mother, looking to make her daughter a star in the days of vaudeville. As the troupe crosses the country from Seattle to New York, you’ll hear such familiar songs as “Let Me Entertain You,” “Everything’s Comin’ Up Roses,” and “Together Wherever We Go” and see the comedy that follows when this vaudeville troup is mistakenly booked into a burlesque house. Suggested by “The Memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee.” Shows are Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 2 at 3:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars for Friday, September 18, and Saturday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 20 at 3:00 p.m., when EMTC will present the hilarious comedy, “The Maltese Bodkin,” a comedy mystery with a Shakespearean twist. Times were tough for hard boiled detective Birnam Wood. He never asked to be in London, especially in 1605. When his partner is murdered, Wood has to find the killer amid a vast cast of suspects that includes (among others) Viola, Richard III, Falstaff, Iago, Mercutio, and a merchant from Venice. But the real solution to the mystery seems to be in discovering the secret behind a mysterious dagger known as the Maltese Bodkin. The worlds of detective fiction and Shakespeare collide in this “who hath done it.” The shows will be presented at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Hall in Montrose.

In an effort to rebuild an email list that was partially lost in a computer crash, EMTC is asking anyone who has been on our email list to contact us at to re-establish contact. EMTC encourages anyone who has not been on this list but would like to be added to contact us at the same address.

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Annual Fishing Derby Scheduled

The Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club of New Milford will be sponsoring the Annual Children’s’ Fishing Derby at Pages Lake on August 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.; for more information contact Kathy at 570-879-0910.

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LCCC Announces Fall Registration

Luzerne County Community College will offer courses for the fall 2009 semester in Elk Lake and Susquehanna. Registration for courses in Susquehanna will be held at Susquehanna Community High School on Thursday, August 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration for courses in Elk Lake will be held at Elk Lake High School on Wednesday, August 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Courses scheduled to be offered in Susquehanna include Biological Science, Business, History, Advanced Composition, Algebra, Math, Psychology, Sociology, and others.

Courses scheduled to be offered in Elk Lake include Nursing and Sociology.

Off-campus classes for the fall semester will begin on Monday, August 31.

For more information, call LCCC at (800) 377-LCCC, extension 835 or e-mail

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New Milford Has Much To Celebrate

When a township attains its 200th year of existence and the borough of the same name reaches its 150th milestone, it's time to celebrate. That celebration is set for August 7, 8 and 9 in downtown New Milford. Centering on Midtown park, activities range from music and dancing, to a "Centennial Idol" Contest, to visits for the kids with Ronald McDonald, a parade, and much more.

The Centennial celebration committee, with the help of local businesses, including major sponsors PennStar and Peoples National banks, have put together a variety of entertainment for young and old.

The celebration will begin on Friday, August 7 at 5 p.m., with a blessing at Midtown Park and opening of the time capsule. At 6:30 p.m., the Buddy Spencer Band will provide music for dancing and listening pleasure until 9 p.m.

Things will really get going on Saturday, August 8. Enjoy breakfast at the Gazebo in Midtown Park at 9 a.m. Be part of the audience or even a contestant at the New Milford "Centennial Idol" Contest, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Gazebo. St. Mark's Church will offer lunch at the Parish Hall at noon. As part of the Pratt Library Open House, John Reynolds will be signing copies of his travelogue - "Out of the Way Places, Green Peas Don't Make Good Soup," from 1 to 2 p.m.

Chain Saw carver extraordinaire Ray Shultz will demonstrate his craft from 10 to 11 a.m., noon to 1 p.m., and 2 to 3 p.m., at the Craft Barrel, on Main St.

Ronald McDonald will come to town at 2 p.m., welcoming kids of all ages at Midtown Park. He'll also be part of the grand parade on Main Street, which will step off at 3 p.m. The parade will form at the north end of town near the Township building and disperse at New Milford Hardware. If your organization would like to be part of the parade, contact Amy Hine at 465-3394.

You'll need refueling by then and a good place to do that will be at the home cooked turkey dinner at St. Mark's, beginning at 4 p.m. COOL FM100 radio personality and perennial favorite Bill Flynn will oversee live coverage of the event from 4 to 7. Where Bill Flynn is, there's always Polka, and some of the best will begin with the 5 p.m. Polka Party featuring Stanky & the Coal Miners at Midtown Park. Grounds will close at 11 p.m.

Sunday August 8 will begin with a breakfast buffet at 9 a.m., at the old Presbyterian Church in Midtown Park. The Methodist Men's group has put a new coat of paint of this historic edifice in time for the celebration. The Endless Mountains Trio will take center stage at noon.

Take a blast through the past with the Classic Car Show beginning at 1 p.m. at the Green Gables parking lot, with the Endless Mountains Cruisers. To remind us of how kids had fun in the "old days" of the 1950s and 60s, a sock hop with DJ Bill Grace will have the Green Gables pavilion "jumpin'," from 2 to 5 p.m.

While these are the highlight events, every day of the celebration offers vendors, craft demonstrations, yard sales around town, tours of the Scout Museum and Valhalla Castle, an interactive children's mural painting, historical displays at the Borough building, and of course, food and fun.

You can find celebration information, learn more of New Milford's history, or become a sponsor by visiting the celebration's website,

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